I usually bake a plain madeira cake for my birthday, but as it was the big 30 yesterday, I decided to push the boat out with BBC Good Food’s raspberry and almond madeira cake. This is a really easy cake to make, and it’s amazing how little time and effort can go into something rather spectacular.
The recipe is slightly unusual (for me, anyway) in that it takes a mixture of plain and self-raising flour, rather than plain flour and baking powder. It’s a good way to go about things, though, as this makes for the perfect texture – fairly dense but not heavy, if that makes sense! I was quite intrigued by the addition of orange zest, as well – the mix tasted very orangey, but the finished cake didn’t. The zest simply added an extra bit of tanginess to go with the sharp raspberries and balance out the almonds, sugar and vanilla.
The cake was done after 1 and a quarter hours, as specified in the recipe, although it didn’t firm up until it was cooled – as I discovered when I nearly broke it when trying to get it out of the tin! Taste-wise, it’s wonderful. You seem to get different combinations of the raspberry, almond, orange and vanilla flavours with each bite, making for a rather exciting eating experience (sort of like an unpredictable raspberry bakewell). Fruit aside, the cake itself is definitely the ideal madeira cake and very moreish.
Overall, this was a great idea for my birthday cake and I’m very pleased with the results!
Taken from BBC Good Food 1o1 Cakes & Bakes.